Occupational Asthma Reference

Moore VC, Spirometry: step by step, Breathe, 2012;8:233-240,

Keywords: FEV1, FVC, PEF

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Vicky Moore, Oasys Vicky Moore

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Spirometry is easy to perform once trained and can be performed anywhere. It is useful for detecting early change and disease progression. Quality is important to ensure useful and reproducible results, otherwise results may be incorrectly interpreted. Training from a reputable centre should be undertaken to ensure the measures are understood as well as how to get the best results out of the patient.

Please note - there is an error in this paper:

Vital capacity (VC)should read as: the maximum amount of
air that can be exhaled when blowing out at a
steady rate

Peak expiratory flow (PEF) should read as: the maximal flow
that can be exhaled when blowing out as
fast as possible

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